Free PCB Design Software introduction

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There are many PCB Design Softwares available. Some softwares are proprietary and paid while some are available for free with some restrictions. The article gives a list of few commonly used PCB layout design softwares. The softwares mentioned here are not listed or categorized in any specific order. Depending on the requirement of the user and the project, one must select the software.

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Altium Designer

Altium Designer is a premium EDA software for PCB, FPGA and embedded system design.

It is one of the popular PCB design package. Altium Designer tool suite includes all aspects of product development like schematic capture, PCB design or layout, embedded software development, FPGA design etc. in a single design environment.

It is available for Windows platform.

OrCAD PCB Designer

 

OrCAD PCB Designer is another popular PCB design software from Cadence. It is a part of OrCAD Circuit Design Suite, which also includes OrCAD Capture, OrCAD PSpice Designer etc.

OrCAD PCB Designer includes various automation features for PCB design, board-level analysis and design rule checks (DRC).

The routing in the PCB design can be done either manually or using the Auto-Router provided.

It is available for Windows and Linux platforms.

DipTrace

1:DipTrace offers everything to create simple or complex multi-layer printed circuit boards.
2:The DipTrace software has four modules: Schematic capture, PCB Layout editor, component & pattern editor and 3D modelling of PCB. It supports Windows, Mac and Linux.
3:There are different versions like starter, standard and full with DipTrace full version being the ultimate edition will no restrictions.
4:There is also a 30-day trial version available for free.

Eagle

1:EAGLE stands for Easy Applicable Graphical Layout Editor.
2:It is a powerful schematic capture and PCB design software package developed by CadSoft.
3:Eagle is a fully integrated tool providing necessary features to create the simplest to complex designs.
4:It offers user friendly yet powerful solutions for PCB design with the help of three modules: Schematic Capture, Board Layout, and Auto-router.
5:It is available for all the major platforms like Windows, Mac and Linux.
6:There are both paid and free versions of Eagle available. The free version has many limitations and is suitable for hobbyists to design small circuits

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Last Edited: Fri. Aug 26, 2016 - 06:28 PM
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There is also Pulsonix, which I use:

 

http://www.pulsonix.com/

 

Pulsonix offers schematic entry, PCB design, SPICE simulation, high-speed design, database connection and PLM connectivity.

 

It is only available for Windows.

 

A (very limited) free evaluation version  is available. A full, time-limited (free) version is available on request.

 

Westdev who produce Pulsonix also produce Easy-PC, a much cheaper package with a free evaluation version, and Design Spark, a completely free package available from RS Components. They are only available for Windows.

 

Easy-PC: http://www.numberone.com/

 

Design Spark: http://www.rs-online.com/designs...

 

Leon Heller G1HSM

Last Edited: Fri. Aug 26, 2016 - 09:15 AM
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You shouldn't leave KiCAD out of the equation: http://kicad-pcb.org/

The development is going great, it's open source (!) And very powerful. It's my favorite ECAD software by the way.

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DipTrace also offers the Limited version which allows you to use all the capabilities of DipTrace with a restriction of 300 pins.

 

I myself have a full license for the product and overall am pleased with it.

 

One downside is in the 3D viewer.  I added a 3D model file for a part and it is rotated 90 degrees from the board pads.  I can move the part in the x, y, and z axis, but I cannot rotate the component.  a real bummer.

 

JIm

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Atmel Studio6.2/AS7, DipTrace, Quartus, MPLAB user

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I doubt the OP is really interested in design packages.

 

It is just yet more creative ways for pcbway to post their dishonest spam, in so called "articles" on forums and blogs. Usually the text of the ad^H^Harticle is simply ripped off from some other web site, with a link to pcbway crudely stuffed in somewhere.

 

Apparently, pcbway reward the spammers with discounts, which is why there is so much of it.

Bob.

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